Hollywood Reporter - 02/01/2013
"Mara's moodiness has an allure....She remains intriguing to watch at all times."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/15/2013
"[A] lavishly dread-fueled suspense movie full of twists, reversals, double crosses, and dangerous liaisons." -- Grade: B+
Rolling Stone - 02/14/2013 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "SIDE EFFECTS is Soderbergh in full, flinty vigor....Soderbergh delivers ticking-bomb suspense laced with psychological acuity..."
Wall Street Journal - 02/08/2013
"[A] sly thriller...Expertly crafted and cleverly compounded for high-dose entertainment."
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/06/2013
"Rooney Mara's performance is instrumental....In SIDE EFFECTS, the viewer is being drawn into a vortex."
USA Today - 02/07/2013
"It's a gripping thriller...and a chilling indictment of the nation's pharmaceutical industry."
Los Angeles Times - 02/07/2013
"It's got a deliciously complex plot....It unfolds with enough panache to make turning away out of the question."
A.V. Club - 02/07/2013
"[I]t's more about high-level gamesmanship and duplicity, with the drug issue itself relegated to a side effect....Rooney Mara is superb as the glue that binds this fractured psychological puzzle." -- Grade: B+
New York Times - 02/07/2013
"Mr. Soderbergh handles it brilliantly, serving notice once again that he is a crackerjack genre technician."
Empire - 03/04/2013
"[I]t is a thrill ride for grown-ups, suspenseful, whip-smart and crammed with surprises."
Total Film - 04/01/2013 4 stars out of 5 -- "Soderbergh's cool self-lensing brings an aptly clinical sheen to his fiendishly ingenious tale..."
Rooney Mara stars as Emily Taylor; her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) is a young businessman who, as the film opens, is soon to be released from prison after serving a few years for financial fraud. Overcome with stress, the mentally fragile Emily performs a quasi-suicide attempt and is put in the care of Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), a workaholic psychiatrist who convinces Emily to see him once a week for therapy. Jonathan is intrigued enough by Emily's story to seek counsel from her former therapist, Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones). One night Emily commits a horrific act that she claims not to remember because she was taking the medication prescribed to her by Jonathan, leading to a very public legal battle that leads to Jonathan taking a major public blow to his reputation. This turn of events prompts the chastened doctor to look deeper into Emily's past. Directed by Steven Soderbergh from a script by his regular collaborator Scott Z. Burns.